|Location:||New Jersey, United States|
I have been reading and reflecting about the recent gang rape in Delhi and I realize that a lot of support is needed to cause change on this issue. Deeply embedded patriarchal values play a role here, as we know. I am an American and I have been groped on buses and was assaulted last year in Delhi on a business trip. The police wouldn't even file a police report for me until I involved the US embassy. It was a tough battle. One of my friends sustained fractures to his skull while trying to protect me and there was so much blood everywhere, the security guard standing nearby watched the whole thing and then ran away.
The support of many different organizations, communities, and individuals will be needed to impact real change on this issue.
American companies form the majority of the foreign companies operating in India while also being one of the top sources of foreign direct investment in India. They have joint ventures, back office operations, manufacturing, IT services, retail, financial services, and customer service call centers in India.
I am requesting that these companies publicly condemn this atrocious act against this young woman so that safety for women in public spaces is addressed quickly and appropriately. This would strengthen their brand worldwide as their employees and customers engage deeply with the genuine concern they have for the communities they serve.
Their powerful voice will comfort millions of families who are concerned for the safety of their daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers. Their support will empower lawmakers to keep their focus on this issue and ensure that effective safeguards are put in place.
I have worked for a fortune 500 for many years and I have seen their commitment to the communities they serve. As we come together now as a global community, both civic and corporate, We condemn this violence in one powerful voice. Please join me to ensure safe spaces for women in India.
Your support means so much.